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Flint Water Advisory Task Force: Emergency manager law needs review

In a blistering report on the Flint water crisis, a specially-appointed task force says that many changes need to be made in order to avoid future water problems. (Mike Horne/NBC25 News)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI) - In a blistering report on the Flint water crisis, a specially-appointed task force says that many changes need to be made in order to avoid future water problems.

The report places most of the blame squarely on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

However, the Flint Water Advisory Task Force also pointed out that the decision to move to the Flint River as a water source was entirely that of the state-appointed emergency managers.

The task force says no locally-elected officials had any part of that decision.

As a result, one big recommendation of the task force is that the emergency manager law be reviewed.

The one part of the process that the task force did say worked? The residents of Flint speaking up and the media investigating.

The report also says that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) didn't analyze the data it had in a timely way. The MDHHS, says the task force, didn't even understand what data it did analyze.

The report also went on to say that this was a clear case of environmental injustice.

NBC25's Drew Moore will have much more on this report online and on air on NBC25 News tonight at 6.


The Flint Water Advisory Task Force was put in place by Gov. Rick Snyder to investigate how the crisis happened.

The Flint water crisis began in April 2014 when the city switched over to the Flint River as a water source. Previously, the city received water from what is now known as the Great Lakes Water Authority, which operates out of Detroit.

Nearly two years later, it was determined that the water system was contaminated with lead. Flint has since switched back the Detroit water system.

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